It’s November! We hope you are as excited as we are to be entering this new month. We have so much to look forward to and cannot wait to share more in the upcoming weeks.

On Saturday 30th October, we were visited by the Minister of Science and Technology Honorable Felix Mutati, Permanent Secretary Kayula Siame, officials from the ministry and the National Technology Business Centre. This is the first-ever minister to visit The Hive, and we are eager to work with them to grow technology, innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives in the country over the next few years. We've shared some photo highlights here.
On Thursday 27th October, we hosted the AICCRA Matchmaking Dialogue session with CGIAR and IMWI. That evening we attended the official launch of the AICCRA Zambia Accelerator Grant, which aims to fund small and medium Zambian agribusinesses that aim to scale climate information services and climate-smart agricultural solutions to Zambia Farmers and communities. Applications for the grant are now open -
apply here.

Lastly, we also kicked off the Future Challenges Initiative with AGS Zambia and Demola. The co-creation initiative brings together 60 students from around the world, together with 15 Zambian and 2 Finnish SMEs looking to seize potential opportunities or address societal challenges. More information is available

Please note that we (BongoHive, BongoHive Consult and Hive Coworking staff) will be out-of-office from Wednesday 3rd - Friday 5th November for our company retreat. We will be back in the office on Monday 8th November.

Have a great week!

Opportunities in our Community
LaunchLab is calling for submissions for ACE Africa circular business showcase. LaunchLab is looking for individuals or businesses with commercial ideas that commit to circular innovation in health, food, and climate. 
Eligible individuals or businesses must reside in Africa and be willing to become an ACE Africa Entrepreneur and enter one of SU LL’s incubation programmes.
Deadline: November 7, 2021
Growth Africa and Carbon Trust are calling on African entrepreneurs with promising climate-focused solutions to apply for Africa ClimAccelerator, which will provide selected companies with funding, expertise and mentorship to help them scale..
Deadline: November 7, 2021
Catalytic Africa Goes Live! This is a matching fund by the African Business Angels Network (ABAN) and AfriLabs that aims to strengthen African startups, innovation hubs, and angel investors while delivering impact results to institutional funders. 
Tiger Global Leads $3M Round in Zambia's Union54 for its Card Issuing API
Union54, the first Zambian startup backed by Y Combinator, has gotten another major capital venture capital firm on its term sheet: Tiger global. The company confirmed to tech crunch that the VC Juggernaut led its just-completed $3 million seed round, coming only two months after graduating from Y combinator's summer batch.
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